The best-preserved mummified woolly mammoth found in North America

Some miners in the Klondike gold fields far north in the fields of Canada have made a rare discovery by digging up the mummified remains of a near-complete baby woolly mammoth. The calf was named ‘Nun Cho ga’ meaning ‘big baby animal’, by the members of the local Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation.

The baby mammoth’s remains were discovered during an excavation through permafrost south of Dawson City in Canada’s Yukon territory, which borders the US state of Alaska. The animal is believed to have died more than 30,000 years ago and to be female. It also points to the possibility that it would’ve died during the ice age when woolly mammoths roamed alongside wild horses in the region.

Before ‘Nun Cho ga’, there were few more infant mammoths discovered. A partial mammoth calf, Effie, was found in 1948 at a gold mine in Alaska’s interior and a 42,000-year-old mummified infant woolly mammoth named Lyuba was discovered in 2007 in Siberia. It was found out that Lyuba and Nun Cho ga are roughly the same sizes, according to the Yukon government.

This piece of news demands attention as the Yukon has “a world-renowned fossil record of Ice Age animals, but mummified remains with skin and hair are rarely unearthed.”

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